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Monday, 13 November 2017

13 November 2017. Mitred Archpriest Michael Margitich Died… Вечная ему память

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Sermon of St John Chrysostom for Easter. Santa Rosa CA USA 2012

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Fr Michael was one of the first Orthodox military chaplains in the US forces, serving in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1984, retiring at the rank of colonel. He was in the OCA. I always remind my readers (especially, the younger ones and newbies) that we pray for everyone at their passing, not only those whom we find pleasing. Fr Michael was one of the “good guys”…

Remember to pray always for the departed… we’re Christians; that’s what we do.

Вечная ему память

BMD

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

22 October 2017. Pray for Bishop Lazar… He’s Had a Stroke

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Bishop Lazar Puhalo has had a stroke and is recovering in hospital. Pray for his recovery and a swift return to his monastery. Whether you like him or not, one of the rules of the house is that we pray for the sick and hope for their recovery. After all… we’re Christians! That’s what we do…

BMD

Saturday, 30 September 2017

30 September 2017. A Thought from Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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The only way you can help to make the world a better place is by starting with the person you see in your mirror. If you can’t make yourself kinder, more compassionate, more open-hearted, accepting, and loving, you have little to offer to the rest of humanity and no hope of helping to make the world a better place.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

Monday, 29 May 2017

“Beware the Virtuous”

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Few people are as dangerous to humanity as those who consider themselves righteous defenders of virtue. Far too often, they have been the authors of state terrorism. Look at Cromwell, Robespierre, Ayatollah Khomeini, Stalin and Mao (who claimed to guard the purity of Communist virtues), and Wahhabism, which spawned ISIS and most of the other virtue-spouting terrorists of our own day. By the way, does anyone question the US leadership’s assertion that Iran is behind much of the world’s Islamist terrorism, even though Sunni, and not Shi’ite, Muslims carry out that terrorism? Why aren’t Christians making a real defence of the poor and downtrodden? Because the leading and loudest voices in American “Christianity” want to see “virtue” enforced by law, and they don’t care at all for those for whom Christ cared. “Enforcing virtue” consumes them, even though they have little respect for the virtues that Christ taught. They fancy themselves “righteous defenders of virtue”, but have no use for the teachings and example of Christ. American Evangelicalism is merely a rightwing political movement that uses Christ as a cheap frontman for their extreme politics and displays little that would commend them as followers of Christ.

28 May 2017

Lazar Puhalo

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Editor:

HH offered a similar viewpoint on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 2009:

Never did the Lord say, “My teaching or death”. None of the Apostles said, “Orthodoxy or Death”. Because Orthodoxy is life eternal, it’s joy in the Holy Spirit, it’s the joy of life, but death is decay that came because of the Fall and the devil’s action. Now, we see, from time to time, false teachers who seduce people by calling to save Christianity, to save its purity, who repeat this dangerous, sinful, and self-contradictory slogan “Orthodoxy or death”. In the eyes of these people, you won’t find love; there burns a fire of demonic pride, a desire for power, which destroys the Church’s unity. Of course, they put on a good show, they hide behind pious visages, and they enjoy adulation from a certain set of people.

If one needed to describe all-too-many konvertsy, the above says it all. Beware the “pure” and the “crusader”… all too often, they’ve allied themselves with and sold out to evil.

BMD

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